Saturday, April 21, 2012

Giving Thanks

I just started reading a book that a good friend sent to me a couple months ago. She is also going through a hard time, though different than me. Life has its hardships in different forms. I don't know why I didn't start it sooner but for some reason it got pushed around and hidden under a pile of things in my laundry room. Yes, books in my laundry room. Serves me right to not clean and organize enough that I misplace a book for 3 months. Oh well. Back to the book. It's called One Thousand Gifts and is written by Ann Voskamp. I'm only on Chapter 3 but so far I'm liking it. It makes you think and I like books that make me think. One of the things that has really grabbed my attention in it is learning to be thankful. Learn to give thanks. Thanks for everything in your life, for the gifts that God has given you. To be content with your life where it is at, content in every situation. She quotes Philippians 4:11-12. I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. Learn to be content, learn to live fully, learn to give thanks.

I want to be thankful for my life, for what I have. She then started a list of 1,000 things she loves. That is a lot of things and I don't know if I can quite list that many but I want to start a list of things I'm thankful for. I'm going to try and add to it daily and I want to do it on my blog so that it can be a reminder to me. I have a good life and I need to learn to be thankful for it. The key word there is learn. So, without further ado, I start my list.

Thankful List
  1. My house that I love
  2. Dan helping vacuum
  3. My diamond ring
  4. Food in my fridge
  5. Daffodils in my garden
  6. Music to dance to 

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